The US Navy’s future littoral combat ship (LCS) USS Kansas City (LCS 22) has arrived at its homeport in San Diego, where it will be commissioned next month.
At Naval Base San Diego, USS Kansas City will be homeported with several other sister ships.
The Independence-variant LCS was designed and built by Austal USA in collaboration with General Dynamics in Mobile, Alabama.
USS Kansas City commanding officer Commander RJ Zamberlan said: “I am extremely proud of all the hard work the crew has done to complete the sail around and prepare us to officially join the fleet on commissioning day.
“We are honoured and excited to represent the navy, the nation, and our namesake, as well as fulfil the ship’s motto, ‘United We Stand, Divided We Fall.’”
The vessel, set to be the 21st LCS to be delivered to the US Navy, is scheduled to be commissioned on 20 June.
Before embarking for San Diego, Kansas City’s crew conducted a 21-day restriction in movement (ROM) as required under pre-deployment guidelines.
Littoral Combat Ship Squadron (LCSRON) 1 commodore Captain Matthew McGonigle said: “The arrival of the Kansas City here today is exciting and the crew has worked incredibly hard to get to this point.
“We look forward to ‘bringing the ship to life’ next month on the day of commissioning.”
Late last year, USS Kansas City completed acceptance trials in the Gulf of Mexico. The trials included a series of in-port and underway demonstrations.
Austal USA delivered the ship in February.